A traveller who hitchhikes, eats from bins, and hasn’t washed his hair since 2009 believes paying for tourist attractions is “overrated.”
Belgian backpacker Arnaud Thierry – whose bank recently called an amnesty on his €2000 overdraft by closing his account – told a group of fellow backpackers during a recent trip to Switzerland that he’d “never waste €20 paying to see a castle or a cathedral,” probably because he only has €3.40 left in his papier mache wallet.
“I have no need to contribute to the cultural destruction caused by mass tourism when I can soak in the atmosphere of a place just by walking the streets and meeting local people,” said Thierry, who regularly sneaks out of restaurants without paying his bill.
Despite not having enough money to catch a bus to the city’s medieval fortress, let alone enter it, Thierry seemed confident that his fellow travellers would respect him for choosing not to spend his hard-earned euro on “a capitalistic caricature of history.”
“I can see Arnaud’s point, but I’m not going to start taking life advice from a guy who makes me itchy whenever I look at him,” backpacker Sara Fernandes told The Tragic Traveller after listening to Thierry’s diatribe.
“When I’m ready to sleep in dumpsters and beg homeless people for change I’ll give him a call. But for now I’m willing to participate in the ‘soul-devouring, vampiric system’ if it means having a warm bed to sleep in.”